Mihir wrote:Karan, sauce?
Mihir, didn't understand. Can you clarify?
This is incredible stuff and top notch situational awareness.
IMHO IA is being incredibly obdurate by asking for weight reduction. What DRDO has done is put ERA on top of existing composite armor which was by itself considered to be equivalent to T-90 (ERA+ composite protection). Now its much higher over the frontal arc & with ALWCS reduces the need for ERA to begin witH. I hope DRDO does NOT reduce the armor to meet IA requirement.
Anyways, if IA had given more time DRDO should have redesigned the entire turret to match Leo2A6 style but there is only so much space on top of the turret for sights, but even that RCWS is heavy duty and proper - with solid construction.
3 sets of optical sights, the GMS is protected from sides, and now if they get a new FSAPDS Mk3 in place, this tank will be a beast even with Mk1 legacy.
IIRC even Kanchan is on latest iteration so even the basic composite armor protection has only increased.
IMO, they should think of upgrading the ALWCS to a FSAPDS equivalent Iron Fist etc.